The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award is presented to the winners of the Nordic Portrait Competition, which is organised by the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. The aim of the competition is to bring about greater interest for ‘the portrait’ amongst artists and the general public. The competition applies to artists in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Iceland, and The Åland Islands.

‘The portrait’ is understood as a reproduction of a particular person. It need not be naturalistic, but should, however, seek to characterise the person as an individual. The medium used for this reproduction is at the discretion of the artist. The artwork must be based on at least one face to face session with the portraitee. Each artist can submit one portrait to the competition.

One portrait can comprise of a series of works if the series has one theme and as long as the series does not extend the limits given below. Use plexi glass instead of regular glass in case of framing. Video works must be submitted on a disc (DVD/ CD), and are limited to file formats that can be read by standard computer software.

RESTRICTIONS: Size: The combined size of two-dimensional artwork should not exceed 2.0 x 2.0 x 0.25 metres; for three-dimensional 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.75. Weight: Artwork exceeding 50 kg will not be accepted. Material: Artwork made from organic materials will not be considered. Date of artwork creation pre-dating 1st of January 2015 will not be considered Participants: Employees of the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle and former winners of the competition cannot enter the competition.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION AND UPLOAD OF PORTRAIT: 1 June 2016 – 9 January 2017,11.59 AM: Online registration for Nordic countries at this webpage. An electronic photograph of the art work must be uploaded. A low resolution photo is sufficient. Video installations are also registered online. The artist must send the videos on a DVD (5 copies).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Upon completing the registration, the artwork is given an ID number, which you will receive by email. The ID number must be retained by the artist and will be used as a reference. In the selection process, the same ID number will follow the artwork as the artist’s name is kept anonymous to the jury members. Guidelines for Nordic artist on how to deliver the portraits to Frederiksborg will follow.

PORTRAIT PRIZES: The jury will select the prize winners along with the portraits which will form part of the Portrait Now, The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award exhibition. 1st Prize, The Brewer J.C. Jacobsen’s Portrait Award, DKK 85,000 2nd Prize, DKK 35,000 3rd Prize, DKK 15,000 Audience prize is 10.000 DKK Innovation prizes are 30.000 DKK. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.